ginmar (ginmar) wrote,

I went out and limped over to my raspberry patch to trim back the growth. I was going to do more, but my knee started to stiffen up and my hands were full of raspberry barbs. Today's all rainy and Shadow is exerting a terrible amount of pressure to snuggle in bed----he grumps at me, then lays his scarred Hapsburg-like underbite on his chin and looks dejected. When I lay down, he shoves me around till my arm is at the best spot to serve as a head rest. Watching him adapt to treats----to the point where he goes into paroxysms of enthusiasm when I bring out the treat container is a gratifying sight, even if he is a chunky monkey now. After all those years as a literal alley cat, scrawny and starving, I'd say he's earned it.

Tomorrow I finally have an MRI. That'll be four months after the initial injury, so who knows what good it'll do. The local VA is dealing with a misappropriation scandal right now, involving workers who directed funds for veterans, apparently, to their own accounts, while they diverted their actual job duties to lower-ranking workers. I'm shocked.

Warmer days mean nightmares and halluctinations, even here, but the yard draws me out. I'm hoping to recover the ground I lost with the knee injury. There is nothing like a Minnesota spring, where one day the branches are bare, the next they are covered with leaves, and the trees seem to cast lacy green shadows everywhere. A screened-in porch is not a luxury, but a necessity.

I just don't have gossip. It seems like I'm constantly struggling to get any sleep at all, then get back to sleep when the nightmares wake me up.
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March 31 2016, 01:04:30 UTC 5 years ago

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I'm envying you the raspberry patch, but not the having to deal with the VA medical stuff, yet again. And I'm probably exactly as shocked as you are about the misappropriations. *sigh*

Dammit, what the hell has happened to this country, that we don't take care of our own at all (see: mentally ill living on the streets, whole families living in their cars or split up into shelters, seniors having to choose between having all the meds they need or buying food - because the food banks can only supplement, and the donations they receive have dropped as the economy tanked (supplemental rant about how the poor give proportionally so much more than the rich do))? We send people off to war, they get injured/damaged/et bloody cetera, then we abandon them, unless they've got people to advocate for them... and often that isn't enough.